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This Inspiration Shoot Will Make You Want to Elope in France

Said best by the vendor team… a modern elopement is the ultimate expression of authentic, romantic love—the perfect beginning to a life of adventure with the one you love and the perfect manifestation of our inspirational quote: “Let’s be adventurers, Darling…marry me in Paris!” Really, is there any place more romantic than Paris to elope? Make sure to peruse The Vault for the full batch of beauty from French Grey Events and Maru Photography. Plus, more details below on their upcoming workshop!

From French Grey Events and Maru PhotographyThis styled editorial session is an international collaboration between wedding industry creatives from Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ukraine, UK and France. We were inspired by the idea that no matter in which country and in which culture it takes place, a modern elopement is the ultimate expression of authentic, romantic love—the perfect beginning to a life of adventure with the one you love and the perfect manifestation of our inspirational quote: “Let’s be adventurers, Darling…marry me in Paris!”

The elegance and adventure of eloping to a private chateau in France can today be effortlessly achieved with the guidance of the right wedding vendors who will help couples realise their dreams of having an authentic and stylish intimate wedding.

In this editorial, we focused on the creation of an intimate wedding day in a private, family-run, French Chateau, nestled into the countryside just outside of the Paris, with an emphasis on the celebration of the simpler things in life as the French do it best—French champagne, delicious pastries, delicate floral, and of course, beautifully hand-written love notes between lovers pledging their lives to one another—what could possibly be more romantic? We wanted this destination elopement to be infused with the romance of the culture, the charm of the venue and its beautiful surroundings, creating a meaningful, unique and effortless wedding day that is truly inspired by both adventure and romance.

Our couple’s day of love begins in bed with croissants and hugs, followed by the ritual of the bride and groom preparing for their intimate ceremony. This precious time spent alone before the wedding event, to reflect and to reread their prepared wedding vows, the promises that will last a lifetime, something that a couple will cherish for the rest of their lives. A hand-written declaration of the couples’ elopement in Paris along with their wedding vows and announcement to friends and family, was beautifully designed by Vancouver calligrapher, Quill & Co.

The day unfolds with the bride dancing carefree through the streets of Paris in her stunning ice blue bridal gown by Kathryn Bass Bridal while she enjoys the last few hours before the ceremony begins. Following this, we see an intimate ceremony in the ancient Orangerie of the Chateau Barthelemy, a family run chateau, now a historical wedding venue and a place full of beginnings, artistry, romance and hope. The Chateau contains a love note box in which the owner’s aunt kept her love letters from suitors in the 1800’s—the perfect place to store your elopement vows!

After the intimate ceremony, the couple takes a quiet walk through the private grounds of the Chateau as newlyweds, returning to a romantic dinner for two in front of a blazing fire in the enormous ancient fireplace in the Grande Salon of the Chateau. What could be more romantic and intimate? The perfect way to elope in the countryside of Paris, beautifully curated by Kasia of French Grey Events, an intimate destination wedding planner and stylist based in Paris, France, and photographed by Kim-Maru of Maru Photography, a boutique destination wedding photographer, based in Vancouver, Canada with travel worldwide.

Want to Learn from the Vendor Team?

Join Kim-Maru and Kasia in October 2017 at the L’Artisan Workshop for wedding creatives, held at the beautiful Chateau featured in this editorial, for four inspiring days together learning how to plan, execute and photograph intimate destination weddings and elopements artfully, intentionally, and authentically. For workshop details, visit L’Artisan Workshop for more details and to join the beauty making!

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Photography: Maru Photography | Event Design: French Grey Events | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Bass Bridal | Engagement Ring: Perouse Paris | Hair and Makeup: Rika Bitton | Hair and Makeup: Trine Juel | Calligraphy: Quill and Co | Groom's Attire: L'apieceur | Bridal Headband - Maison Michel: Art & Facts | Brides Coat: Zara | Chateau Venue: Chateau Barthelemy | Event and Floral Styling: French Grey Events | Feather Comb Maison Michel: Art & Facts | Lingerie: Pompadour Couture Lingerie | Manchettes: Art & Facts | Nude Bridal Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Parisian Apartment Rental: Cobblestone Paris Rentals | Pearls: Bekah Anne | Ring Boxes: Secret Keeper Box | Silk Ribbons and Table Runner: Kate Kullen | Veil and Hair Vine: SIBO Designs | Wedding Band: Cartier | Wedding Cake & Pastries: Cokoa | White Bridal Shoes- Rupert Sanderson: Art & Facts | paper products: Spurle Gul Studios

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A Parisian Dream Wedding that all Starts with a Couture Gown

It’s a given that anything with Greg Finck behind the lens is destined to be pure magic. And when you add Paris and a couture Elie Saab dress into that equation…it’s heart-stopping territory. Feast your eyes on this château celebration made even prettier at the hands of event planner and designer extraordinaire Sarah Haywood along with on-site coordinating by Alejandra Poupel Events and florals by Kitten Grayson. Plus see another couture dress in action with the couple’s wildly pretty engagement right here!

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Sonny&Ann are both from Singapore, and had decided to organize their wedding day at stunning Château de Vaux le Vicomte. This is undoubtedly the most prestigious venue around Paris, and I had never had the chance to work in that amazing XVIIth century castle before. The couple trusted Sarah Haywood, a celebrity luxury wedding planner from London, to organize the weekend festivities. The day started at The Shangri-La Hotel in Paris, where Ann got ready and the couple led the tea ceremony. For the ceremony, Ann wore a stunning couture dress from Elie Saab, with a 30 feet long train. The ceremony was held outdoor despite the chilly Parisian weather that day. Reception was absolutely stunning with amazing florals by The Isle of You, and an amazing main table. Guests were then invited to the gardens of the Château, for a glorious firework, and an incredible video mapping on the facade of the Château.

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Floral Design: Kitten Grayson | Assistant Photographer: Marie Film Photographer | Assistant Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Chateau: Château De Vaux Le Vicomte | Fireworks: Grand Final Fireworks | Hair Styling: Phuc Le Trung | Live Music: Vogue Band | Live Painting: Maerta Wydler | Video Mapping: Rupert Newman | Wedding Planning&Production: Sarah Haywood | Wedding dress and shoes: Elie Saab | Wedding on-site coordination: Alejandra Poupel Events

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The Bride Wore Dior Couture for Her Paris Engagement!

Can we just talk about this bride’s pink ombre dream dress? Because it’s pretty much everything. Inspired by Natalie Portman’s iconic Miss Dior gown, it’s a show-stopper made for a Parisian engagement shoot and a gorgeous bride like Ann to pull it off. Greg Finck made sure the dress (and of course, the couple) we’re perfectly captured and their wedding reveal is coming up later today!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Dress: Christian Dior | Shoes: Christian Dior | Jewelry: Chaumet | Hotel: The Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa | Planning + Design: Sarah Haywood

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